2 Financial Aid Forms Night: 3 – 6 pm, Morrison Lab Lower Level Smith
6 Spring Musical Audition Workshop: 3 – 6 pm, BBA Riley Center
7 Spring Musical Audition Workshop: 3 – 6 pm, BBA Riley Center
15 Progress Reports Released
15 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm
15 Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal): 1 – 5 pm
16 Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal): 1 – 8 pm
17 Winter Break: school resumes Monday, February 27
28 Spring Musical Auditions: 3 – 6 pm, BBA Riley Center
From the Headmaster
What’s YOUR story? Each family that comes to Burr and Burton has a unique story, and as we continue the dialogue with the State Board of Education and various political leaders, we would like the opportunity to tell the many stories of how families found themselves living in Vermont and sending their students to BBA. What brought you here? How did the educational opportunities in our region affect your decision to live here? If you moved from out of state, from where did you come?
Governor Phil Scott spoke in his inaugural address about a vision of Vermont being an “education destination.” He recognizes that in this region, we already are an education destination, with the many fine schools in our area, and it will be very helpful if we can tell your story. If you are willing, please share your thoughts by sending an email to my assistant, Robin Urbanski, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And speaking of political leaders, on Monday, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman came to BBA for a tour and assembly talk. In his speech to our student body, he spoke about the rising level of activism in Vermont and throughout this country. He also talked about his own inspiration for getting involved politically, which came from hearing a young(er) Bernie Sanders speak in the 1990s. Mr. Zuckerman’s recommendation to our students was to find 30 minutes each week to be involved in some way. 30 minutes to serve, to write letters to legislators, to do something that makes our community and our state stronger. I particularly appreciated that Mr. Zuckerman, a progressive, promoted the involvement and activism that is the cornerstone of an effective democracy without endorsing or espousing any particular issues. His simple, inclusive message was to get involved.
We have passed the halfway point in the school year. We are now fully up to speed, with all students adjusted to BBA’s expectations and opportunities. The days will start to get longer, winter will start to release its grip, and this school year will really start to accelerate in the coming months. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Mark H. Tashjian
From the Assistant Head of School
Dear BBA Families –
Effective teacher-parent-student communication is fundamental to student success. This semester, conferences coincide with progress reporting; progress reports will be released on February 15th and you’ll have an opportunity to meet with teachers during conference days on February 15th and 16th. As always, students are encouraged to attend conferences with parents/guardians.
Progress Reports will be released in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal on February 15, 2017. Interim reports are designed to give a snapshot of each student’s academic performance. All students will receive a grade for each course and a comment if they currently have a C or below in the course.
Progress Reporting Schedule for Semester 2
- Progress Report 1, Sem 2 — 2/15/17
- Progress Report 2, Sem 2 — 4/5/17
- Open Grade Book, Sem 2 — 5/8/17 through 5/13/17
- Final Course Grades — 6/12/17
Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th from 1:15 – 5 pm and Thursday, February 16th from 1:15 – 8 pm with a faculty dinner break from 5 – 5:45 pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress. If your son or daughter cannot attend, please discuss the following with your child prior to your scheduled appointments: What do they like best? Least? What progress are they making? Where are they most successful? What challenges do they face? How are they using Flex Block? During your conferences, share your personal insights regarding your child. It is often this personal knowledge and perspective that teachers act upon, leading to enhanced student learning.
You can schedule conferences beginning February 6, 2017 by following the instructions at the embedded links:
- Instructions for logging into the portal (if you need a refresher or have not yet logged into the portal).
- Instructions for registering for conferences (also available in the resource section of the parent portal).
BBA teachers welcome parent-initiated conversation at anytime. If these days and times are not convenient for you, please email or call your child’s teachers directly to arrange an alternative time.
I hope to see you all on February 15th!
Assistant Head of School
From the Advancement Office
We’ve made it through our darkest, coldest and longest month of winter and can now finally look forward to lengthening days! And during the month of January we’ve been very busy here in the Advancement Office. Here are some updates:
1. Update on Parent Fund Annual Giving:
First of all, if you have made a gift this year, we thank you – your gift helps provide all of the extras that make the BBA experience an extraordinary one. If you haven’t yet given, please consider a gift of any amount, or make a donation of an item or service to the Online auction, a donation to Friends of Hockey, or commit to a Corporate or Gala Sponsorship – all count towards parent participation. Parent participation stands at approximately 15% as of January 31.
Here are 3 easy ways to give right now – so you can check it off your to-do list:
1. Go to https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform on BBA’s website and pay by credit card.
2. Mail your gift to: Advancement Office, Burr and Burton Academy, PO Box 498, Manchester VT 05254
3. Or drop by the Advancement Office with your gift, we’d love to thank you in person for your support.
Please know that your support allows us to remain independent, and responsive to the needs of YOUR student! I know we have the moral support of all of you as demonstrated at the December meeting with the State Board of Education – now we need your financial support.
2. “Save the Date” for our seventh annual fundraising gala:
May 26, 2017 at Taconic
“Save the date” postcards for this event will be mailed out shortly and invitations will be mailed in early April. Make your plans early as we have had a sellout crowd the past six years and a waiting list! Tickets are $125 per person, $1,250 for a table.
Gala Sponsorships are available to support this important fundraising event so if you own a business and would like to be in on the action, here’s your opportunity (and it counts towards parent participation). You don’t have to be a business to be a Gala Sponsor – consider a family sponsorship!
Windjammer Sponsor $2,500 (includes 4 tickets to the event)
Schooner Sponsor $1,500 (includes 2 tickets to the event)
Ketch Sponsor $1,000
Cutter Sponsor $500
Sloop Sponsor $250
For more information, to reserve a table of 10 or to sign up for a Gala Sponsorship please call Pauline de Laszlo at email@example.com or 549-8277.
3. On-line Auction
One more thing related to this year’s gala, Sail into Summer. We invite you to participate in Burr and Burton Academy’s seventh annual online auction. With your contribution of an item or service, the auction is sure to build on the momentum of last year’s success. We generated $15,000 from the auction last year and it is designed to generate excitement for the main event on May 26th. The auction will launch on March 27 and close on April 14, will reach bidders all over the world (including parents of our international students, long-distance grandparents, and our alumni), plus the many friends of the school right here in our own backyard. The auction serves as a great way to involve those people who cannot attend the event for any number of reasons.
We are looking for services of all shapes and sizes to feature as stand-alone items and in specially designed packages. Perhaps you can offer a service, such as a landscaping consultation or a cord of wood? Whatever the contribution, it will benefit our most precious commodity of all, our children!
We need to have your donation in the Advancement Office by March 1st. You are welcome to drop it off yourself or contact one of us and a committee member will come pick it up from you. Don’t forget, your item or service donation counts toward parent participation in the Annual Fund!
Questions about the Online Auction? Contact Gina Vickers, firstname.lastname@example.org or 549-8277.
Many thanks for your support and don’t forget to put the gala on your calendars!
Director of Advancement
Mandatory Driver Education Meeting
Tuesday, March 21 in the cafeteria from 5:30 – 7 pm. The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA’s offers a free driver’s education program tentatively starting on Monday June 19, 2016 and running until the end of July. For the first 3 weeks, classes run from 8 am until 10 am Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 3 weeks of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm, for the remainder of the class driving times run from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 8 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or email@example.com.
From the Creative Arts Department
2017-2018 Course Requests
The 2017-18 Course of Study (COS) PDF version is now available on the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Current freshmen (2020), sophomores (2019), and juniors (2018) should immediately begin reviewing course options for the coming school year. This review will allow students to plan. It will also provide adequate time to discuss the questions about course prerequisites and graduation requirements that may surface.
This is only the second year that BBA has been using OnCampus to gather course requests. Consequently, students will be guided through the process by using a course request worksheet that will be distributed in advisory on February 13th. If needed, additional worksheets will be available in the counseling office. Over the break, students must complete the request worksheet. Upon returning to school, they will use the worksheet to enter requests through the OnCampus portal during an extended advisory session on Monday, February 27.
Please contact Mr. Knutson or your student’s counselor if you have questions.
Mid-Year Grades for Seniors
Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades for their applicants. Updated transcripts have been sent to all colleges listed on a student’s transcript request form. Because BBA uses a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.
College Application Update
Congratulations to the many seniors who have already been admitted to college! Most seniors have applied and are now waiting for responses from colleges that don’t report decisions as quickly. Seniors should update their counselor on their college decisions. We continue to work with the seniors who are still in the process of applying and aim to have them get their applications in by the end of the month.
Meetings with Juniors: Individual meetings with juniors are beginning this month as we help them shape their futures in college, gap programs, employment, military service, and other options. All students will have a scheduled appointment with their counselor sometime in the next few months when they will explore opportunities.
For students who don’t have college in their sights at this time, we will discuss ways for students to determine possible career and job interests. Internships, elective courses and part-time jobs are good avenues for students to prepare for employment after high school.
We assist college-bound students with the college search process, discuss academic preparation, review PSAT scores and plan for standardized testing. We look forward to continued contact with juniors throughout the next year as we work together to find good college matches.
Parents often wonder how they can help. We meet with students and help them compile an appropriate college list, but families need to take the next step. Please facilitate some college visits during the spring semester. In our experience, we have found that students who have visited a few campuses prior to applying find the process more meaningful and manageable. With advanced notice to teachers and the Dean of Students, college visits are excused absences from school. Plan a trip to see a campus or two and take advantage of information sessions and tours. Then be sure to let us know your family’s impressions.
Another way that we coordinate efforts with students and families is through the Naviance Program: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. (Students can access Naviance directly through their OnCampus Resource page.) This online program contains multiple career and college resources and also serves as a communication tool. If you’d like access to this program or need to reset your password, please email Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are eager to partner with parents in the college and career planning process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.
Standardized Testing Registration: College bound juniors should sign up to take either the SAT and/or the ACT this spring. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.
Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org, respectively. Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall. Please contact us if you have questions.
Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines
Saturday, March 11, SAT. Register by Feb. 10 at www.collegeboard.org SAT Test only (no subject tests.) Test is offered at BBA. If a student has a potential athletic or other conflict for May 6 or June 3 test dates, you will want to consider taking this one.
Saturday, April 8, ACT. Register by March 3 at www.actstudent.org. Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.
See ACT and College Board Websites or refer to the testing calendar we mailed home. Students should not test every time one is offered, but we do recommend that juniors take at least one ACT or SAT this year.
TESTING PLAN & CALENDAR FOR JUNIORS
Test Prep Opportunities
Download the “Question of the Day” App from the College Board
On-Line courses: www.kaplan.com , www.princetonreview.com, www.methodtestprep.com
SAT Prep Course at BBA: High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100. A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families. Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room and are timed to prepare for the May SAT.
Session 2 (for May 6 SAT) Classes meet on Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Hunter Seminar Room.
Session Two Course Dates: March 24, April 7, 28, and May 5.
To register for the course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh. Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor. Registration deadline: March 15.
Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA 0n May 6; cost is $350
Classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 3/19, 3/26; and 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, and April 30.
Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.
Local SAT and ACT Prep Course
All Vermont students applying for need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA and VSAC forms. Pay close attention to individual college financial aid deadlines; many colleges require students to file the FAFSA in February and March. In addition, some private colleges require students to file the CSS Profile form. You will need to check your individual college financial aid requirements. Information about the CSS Profile can be found in the financial aid section at www.collegeboard.org.
To file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and VSAC grant application, go to these websites: www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org. Families are urged to file on-line as soon as possible and you are welcome to use our office computers if you need internet access. If you have questions about the FAFSA or other financial aid forms, don’t hesitate to contact the helpful folks at VSAC’s toll-free help line: 800-642-3177.
Financial Aid Forms Support with CCV Financial Aid Counselor,
Thursday, February 2 from 3:00-6:00, by appointment only
FACILITATOR: Lucy Robinson, Financial Aid Counselor from Community College of Vermont
If you have not completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and have questions regarding the process OR have already received financial aid award letters and need help understanding the information, a college financial aid counselor will be available on February 2nd at BBA to assist you. Please call Lynne Welsh to set up an appointment.
IMPORTANT: Attendance is by appointment only. Please RSVP to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office by February 1. (email@example.com or 549-8242)
Summer Programs/Study Abroad
The School and College Counseling Office collects information about a variety of summer programs, including two Vermont-based programs: MedQuest www.southernvermontahec.org and CollegeQuest www.nevahec.org (for health-related careers); See websites for details and deadlines.
Marty Hammond, M.Ed., Executive Director, Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center will be speaking to interested sophomores, juniors and seniors about MedQuest in the Hunter Seminar Room on Thursday, February 9. MedQuest is a 6-day residential program on a college campus for students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Activities include job shadowing at local hospitals and community practices as well as hands-on activities and medical skills training. MedQuest West in June will be centered around careers in Primary Care. MedQuest West in August will be centered around careers in Emergency Medicine.
All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Mathematics, and Science and Technology, and Young Writers. Brochures are in the School and College Counseling Office. Applications will be available online beginning February 1 at http://www.giv.org. Application Deadline is April 1. For more info: contact the GIV Office at 802-865-4448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2017-2018 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students need to submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that commence at any point during the fall semester.
From the 9th grade corner:
Students should be settling into their 2nd semester classes. Shortly, information regarding sign-ups for parent conferences will be pushed out to all parents. These conferences are a great way to hear about how your son or daughter is doing. As we move into late February and early March students will start the course request process for next year.
Parent Conferences – 12:45 Dismissal – Wed. Feb 15 and Thu. Feb. 16.
Winter Break – Feb 17-24.
If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call or send me an email.
Cory Herrington, 9th Grade Counselor, Social Studies Teacher and Co-Dean of Students – 549-8210; email@example.com
Forms for scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. Due to the confidentiality of recommendations, students must bring their completed applications to Mrs. Welsh who will facilitate the mailing/delivery of completed Scholarships. Please complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office BEFORE the due date to obtain the necessary BBA documents. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.
VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Early Bird deadline is Friday, Feb 3 to be in the running for a $1,000 Early Bird scholarship from VSAC. (Requests for official BBA documents must be made by January 30)Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship book if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. The regular deadline is March 4. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions.
Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior looking to further education in healthcare career.
Deadline: March 15
Berkshire Bank Foundation 2014 Scholarship Program
Eligibility: high school seniors with record of non-school sponsored volunteerism in the community and participation in extracurricular school activities; GPA, 3.0 minimum; financial need; plan for 2 or 4 yr college or tech school.
Deadline: March 22 by 4 pm
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships
VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation OR of Native American ancestry; US citizen, VT resident, senior planning to attend a Vermont college or already enrolled as an undergrad in Vermont College/University;
GPA, 3.0; enrolling in STEM Major in College
Deadline: April 1
Application online: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships
Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education. Must show evidence of community service beyond the BBA requirement. Mandatory reporting of family gross income.
Deadline: April 3
VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Award: not specified; Deadline to Mrs. Welsh: April 13 – must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh to the VFW due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.
Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.) There is an early application for students who have already received their financial aid packets (deadline April 3rd with notification of award by 4/28, ahead of the May 1st college deadline). There is an application for high school students using a later deadline of May 1st (and there is also an application for college students in need of aid.
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship
Deadline: by midnight May 1.
Application online: www.phillips-scholarship.org (Info in SCCO as well)
Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: financial need, top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in golf shop, on the grounds, caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000 for 4 years
Deadline: May 1
The School and College Counseling Office contacts:
Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; email@example.com
Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; email@example.com
Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125; firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; email@example.com
Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; email@example.com
Lynne Welsh, Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Athletics Department
Spring Sports Night
The mandatory parent athlete meeting for Spring Sports will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 pm in the gym.
Bulldog Leadership Summit
Our next Leadership Workshop: Being Brave – Courage and Leadership, will be held on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 am in the Hunter Seminar Room. Assistant Head of School, Meg Kenny will focus on the skill of turning thought into action.
Student Athlete Bus Fund
We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our community members has offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days.
When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner.
This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.
We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb (email@example.com 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’
A thought to share:
The highest performing athletes and teams divide the elements of an athletic contest into two groups – the things they have control over and the things they don’t. It is vitally important for athletes to prepare to control as many of the controllables as they can. It is more important for an athlete to prepare to adjust to those things beyond control. Like any skill it is mastered through intentional practice.
2017 Burr and Burton Yearbooks
Yearbooks are currently on sale through jostens.com for $55.
There you can also find information about personalizing your yearbook or purchasing a student ad.
If you have any questions, or would like a flyer to print out and send in to the school, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the link to the sales site:
From the Library
To see what’s happening in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library, including: identifying fake news, student recommended books and research assistance click on this link.
Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm
Library Media Specialist
From the Business Office
Many people do not know that families who receive the Vermont Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are automatically income eligible for 3SquaresVT if they apply. Because income limits for EITC are higher than those for 3SquaresVT, this link between the programs can really make a difference for a working family with children struggling to make ends meet on the “benefits cliff.” For example, the 2016 EITC yearly income limit is over $9,600 more for a single parent with one child than the 3SquaresVT income limit and over $5,200 more for a family of four with two parents and two children. Because few people realize this connection, it is important to spread the word, especially as we head into a new year and a new tax season. Please help by sharing this flyer in your community. See the flyer HERE.
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
r. k. Miles Inc.
Stratton Mountain Resort
The Orvis Company
The Vermont Country Store
High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Café
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc.
Bank of Bennington
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping
The Aspen at Manchester
Barrows House and Dorset Inn
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Lily of the Valley Florist
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
People’s United Bank
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services
The Works Bakery Café
Hill Farm Inn
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders
The Inn at Manchester
Nathan Auction & Real Estate Inc.
Lily of the Valley Florists
L/S Gerontology Seminars – The Osnow Family
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel.
Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or email@example.com for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.